Adetokunbo Adelekan

Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics
aadeleka@eastern.edu
484.384.2969

Adetokunbo Adelekan

Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
M.A., Ethics, Andover Newton Theological Seminary
M.Phil., School of Theology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
B.A., Morehouse College

Tokunbo A. Adelekan is the senior pastor of the Mt. Olivet Tabernacle Baptist Church and associate professor of theology and ethics at Palmer Seminary where he teaches courses in African-American studies and Ecclesiology. His books include African Wisdom: 101 Proverbs from the Motherland and A Charge to Keep: Re-Missioning the Urban Church for the 21st Century. Adelekan is currently working on two other books on public theology and creative suffering. 

Born to an African (Yoruba) father and an African-American mother, Adelekan is on a pilgrimage of mind and spirit. A theologian, church growth practitioner, cultural critic, folkorist and community leader who works out of the prophetic wing of the Afro-Baptist faith, Adelekan is considered one of the leading American scholar-preachers of his generation. Featured in Ebony magazine as one of the “30 Leaders of the Future,” Adelekan has conceptualized practical models for Christians navigating the complex matrices of post-industrialism and post-modernity. In his role as a transatlantic communicator, Adelekan has worked diligently to build cross-cultural and cross-denominational alliances between Christians in the United States, the Caribbean, West Africa and Europe.